Scholarship for Women Athletes

About the Scholarship:

Now accepting applications for 2017!

See below to apply.

Connecticut Roller Derby is proud to offer the Cindy Luberto Scholarship for Women in Sports!

Established in 2012, this scholarship recognizes a dedicated and enthusiastic Connecticut woman athlete who has a passion for her sport, whatever it may be.

“Many of our skaters did not consider themselves athletes before finding roller derby, while others have a long history of participating and succeeding in sports. We think it is important to celebrate all types of athletes who embrace their passion for their sport, regardless of whether they are the star of a competitive team or a participant in less structured recreational or intramural sports,” says Kathleen Ebner, who skated under the name Ebolution, a former player for Connecticut’s Yankee Brutals and Physical Education and Health teacher at Woodland Regional High School.
CTRD 2017 Women in Sports Scholarship
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The recipient is selected based on a short, 250-word essay describing her passion for the sport that she plays, with emphasis on how her sport or her participation is unique. Each applicant is also asked to provide a photo of herself in action or representing her sport.
“Being passionate about an activity can change a person’s life. Our skaters have found something special in roller derby, and we want to celebrate that spirit with this scholarship,” says Alison Faruolo (Babe Vigoda), former blocker for the Yankee Brutals. “The award is named for Cindy Luberto, the late sister of one of our league’s most positive and supportive former members, Jill Luberto (Paula G. ImNaughty).”

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Applications for the 2017 scholarship award are now being accepted!

 2017 Connecticut Roller Derby Women in Sports Scholarship

Roller derby is a unique sport with hundreds of thousands of passionate followers around the world. Since its modern resurgence in the 21st century, roller derby is now the fastest growing women’s sport in the world.

Athletic women may come from many backgrounds, and enjoy a variety of sports, but often only those excelling in more traditional sports receive recognition with athletic awards and scholarships. The members of Connecticut Roller Derby, Inc., believe that sports (traditional or non-) can be an important part of a well-rounded life, and value the diversity of experience that each of its members contribute to the roller derby and sporting community. In that spirit, CTRD has created this scholarship opportunity to recognize woman athletes in Connecticut who have a passion for their sport, whatever it may be.


$500 non-renewable scholarship, paid directly to the educational institution upon verification of enrollment in the fall semester, for use toward tuition, fees, and education related expenses.
All submissions will be reviewed by members of the CTRD and winners will be determined by a league vote. Applicants and recommenders may be contacted for verification or clarification of information by email or brief telephone interview.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • be a woman-identified student athlete, participating in recreational, community, or school athletics
  • be attending a Connecticut college or university in the Fall of 2017, or be a Connecticut resident attending any college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • provide a 250-word essay describing her passion for the sport that she plays, with emphasis on how her sport or her participation is unique
  • provide a photograph of herself in action or representing her sport
  • agree to allow Connecticut Roller Derby, Inc., to use the submitted information and photograph in promotional materials
  • complete and submit the application and recommendation by May 21, 2017

Past or current members of CTRD or the immediate family of any current CTRD member are ineligible.

Deadline/How to submit:

  • Submit application materials for the 2017 Connecticut Roller Derby Cindy Luberto Women in Sports Scholarship using the following online form.
  • Please direct the coach or adviser providing your required recommendation to the separate online recommendation form.
  • Online entries are preferred, however you may also submit your entry by email to or by mail to CT Roller DerbyScholarship, PO Box 1774, Naugatuck, CT 06770.
  • To download and print a copy of the application, click here: 2017 CT Roller Derby Application Form

Winner will be notified in June and will be invited to be recognized at a CTRD bout later in the 2017 season.

2017 CTRD Online Scholarship Application 

2017 CTRD Online Scholarship Application Recommendation Form

If you would like to help us continue to provide this unique opportunity to recognize passionate women athletes in our communities, contact us at to donate to support the Connecticut Roller Derby Women in Sports Scholarship!